Published: Jul 20, 2010 9:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 21, 2010 5:48 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Free agent forward Juwan Howard has been signed by the Miami Heat.

Howard originally signed with Miami in July 1996, agreeing to a seven-year, $100 million deal that was voided by the NBA because the Heat exceeded its salary cap.

Almost 14 years to the day later, Howard agreed again, and will begin his 17th NBA season this fall.

Miami will be the eighth franchise for Howard, who appeared in 73 games with Portland last season and averaged 6.0 points.

For his career, Howard has averaged 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Among active players, he ranks fourth in games (1,116), 15th in points (15,957) and 10th in rebounds (7,251).